My Diary Week Ending 30th July 2017.
The start of major World War 1 commemorations began in Belgium yesterday at Passendale. The remembrance event reminded me of the great work of our local Armed forces personnel. I enjoyed attending the annual N Lincs Armed Forces Day, this year held at Bottesford. Here is a great photo with one of The Chelsea Pensioners.
Animal welfare has been high on the agenda over the past week or two with many constituents contacting me regarding a n...umber of different and varied campaigns.
These include the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home initiative to increase prison sentences to five years for the most serious acts of animal cruelty.
The Dogs Trust are leading on addressing the abuse of the current pet travel legislation and the number of undeclared dogs entering Great Britain every day.
While Compassion in World Farming are running a campaign entitled ‘Time to Wipe Factory Farming Off the UK Map’.
I am encouraging more people from Scunthorpe, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant. While anyone on the register could be a match for someone with blood cancer, men aged 16-30 are most likely to be asked to donate, and are currently underrepresented on the register. There is also a shortage of donors from non-white and mixed-race backgrounds. Find out more here Anthony Nolan
I continue to work tirelessly to promote the use of British Steel in large infrastructure programs. As Chair of the Steel APPG (All party Parliamentary Group) I speak up for UK steel. Today the Yorkshire Post contained an interesting piece on the use of UK steel in the HS2 plans and made reference to my recent contributions in parliament.